The final batch of submissions in the CRTC’s over-the-top video fact finding exercise were posted yesterday. I focused on the lack of evidence and the fear of competition for foreign content in my first post
on the submissions. The latest group of submissions
includes many of the biggest names – the telcos, Internet companies, and creator groups. The participants in this consultation fall into three main groups: those seeking competition, those who want more regulation, and those who want de-regulation.
What remains is the next step for the CRTC. It seems certain that there will be a full scale hearing, but the question is whether the Commission will cave to pressure from some groups for something immediately, or wait until the next new media hearing round in 2014. Given the lack of actual evidence – this has been a fear-finding exercise rather than a fact-finding one – the CRTC should surely label this a watching brief and wait until 2014.
A glance at each of the submission groups:
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The European Union has announced plans to tackle data roaming fees by establishing a cap of the costs per MB charged to consumers. An OECD study recently found that Canadians face some of the highest roaming fees in the developed world.
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